From superheroes (Superman, Wolverine) to Shakespeare (Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing), another season of summer movies is upon us. Here's our guide to movies this summer -- and their wide-release dates. Check the schedule at your neighborhood cineplex before you leave your apartment. Blurbs by Simon Abrams.
Action filmmaker Louis Leterrier's output is all over the map, from the fitfully delightful Transporter 2 and superior Jet Li vehicle Unleashed to that irredeemable Clash of the Tita
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"May 31 - Shadow Dancer
X-philes, all those years of wanting to believe have finally paid off: Gillian Anderson finally gets a good part! Already celebrated by critics, this thriller from James Marsh, director of the award-winni
Sofia Coppola's based-on-batshit-true-events drama follows celebrity-obsessed teenage thieves who robbed Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan of roughly $3 million in cash, clothes, and jewelry. Emma Watson,
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"June 14 - A Hijacking
Better known as "That Other Somali Pirate Drama, the One Not Starring Tom Hanks," A Hijacking is Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm's follow-up to R, an impressive, uneven prison drama. In the
"June 21 - World War Z
How many people does it take to save a horror-thriller? First, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski penned a script, then Lions for Lambs screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan rewrote it,
This remake of sleaze-meister William Lustig's singularly depraved riff on Psycho is shot mostly from the perspective of a killer, as in actual first-person POV photography. That killer is played by lil'
Giant monsters fight giant robot in Guillermo del Toro's high-concept action film. If it's anywhere near as violent and operatic as del Toro would have us believe, it might make up for the fact that the
"July 12 - V/H/S 2
Like pretty much any portmanteau film made by multiple directors, the first V/H/S, a compilation of found footage horror shorts, was a mixed bag. Still, it proved that creative things that can stil
"July 12 - The Hot Flashes
Susan Seidelman's latest film sounds like it could be either hellish or delightfully cheesy: A group of middle-age Texan women try to get their mojo back by challenging a group of high school girls to
This Men in Black-esque, high-as-a-kite-concept action-comedy stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as ghost cops—meaning "ghosts that are cops," rather than cops who gun for ghosts. The plo
"July 19 - Computer Chess
Set in the '80s, this comedy concerns the designers of one of the earliest chess-playing computer program. Within the short-lived cycle of mumblecore indie dramas about self-involved twentysomethings, A
"July 19 - Only God Forgives
Ryan Gosling re-teams with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for this bonkers thriller, recently screened at Cannes. Refn has described Only God Forgives as a contemporary western set
There are precious few details available for Woody Allen's latest comedy, but apparently it's about a neurotic housewife. The film's cast is typically varied, and ranges from conventional picks like Alec
"July 26 - Fruitvale Station
After winning Sundance's Grand Jury Prize, Ryan Coogler's indie drama was acquired by the Weinstein brothers and sent to Cannes. The Wire and Friday Night Lights' Michael B. Jordan star
Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 sounds like more of the same blunt sci-fi social critique. In the year 2154, Earth is a ghetto for people too poor to live on Elysium, an orbiting space station
"August 9 - Blood
Nick Murphy's flashiest directorial credit is a couple episodes of Primeval, the dino-hunting adventure show that fans of Brit sci-fi watch when Doctor Who isn't on. But his feature debut, The
"August 9 - Metallica Through the Never
This Metallica concert doc was shot by Hungarian-American filmmaker Nimród Antal, an exceptional modern B-moviemaker and talented stylist. Even if you're not a Metallica fan (and at